The College of Staten Island has been named a Top Ten 2022-2023 Military Friendly® School in the Small Public category by Military Friendly®, which is owned and operated by VIQTORY, “a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.” CSI’s ranking in the Top Ten was Number Eight.

According to Military Friendly®, the “list of Military Friendly® Schools and Military Friendly® Schools ratings are assessed through the evaluation of both public data about the institution and proprietary data gathered through our free Military Friendly® Schools survey. The annual, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey assessment is offered at no cost to more than 8,800 institutions nationwide. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than in previous years via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and our Advisory Council.”

The mission of CSI’s Veterans Support Services is to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to the college experience by providing veteran students with centralized “vet-friendly” services and a strong support system. Veterans Support Services collaborates with veteran organizations within the community in order to identify additional resources and foster a sense of community between CSI student veterans and the veteran population on Staten Island. This relationship ensures that Veterans Support Services stays current on all new legislation and initiatives that will affect our student veteran population.

Commenting on this year’s recognition, CSI Interim President Dr. Timothy Lynch said, “It is, once again, an honor to receive this accolade for our efforts to support our student-veterans and their families. As these veterans have provided invaluable service to our country, the College is proud to support them in their academic endeavors, and help ease their transition from active duty to  civilian life.”

Every year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them to select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

By Terry Mares